The government of Venezuela canceled a day of work and school on Monday. This was stated by the Vice-President, Minister of communications and information of Venezuela Jorge Rodriguez on the state television of the country.
“On Monday, March 11, classes at all levels and work at enterprises and institutions are suspended,” he said.
The government on Friday, March 8, has already canceled the working day due to a large-scale power outage.
Large chain hotels in Caracas imposed restrictions on the use of water due to a power outage.
The Venezuelan army took under protection of strategic objects of energy supply of the country, and for transmission lines conducted aerial surveillance. This was stated on Sunday by Venezuelan defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.
“We are firm in our intention to stabilize the national power system and prevent any possible attack,” he said.
Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro instructed the Ministry of defense to ensure the protection of the energy supply system against the background of the largest power outage in the history of the country.
On Thursday evening, Caracas and most of Venezuela’s States were left without power supply. According to the local press, we are talking about 20 or 22 of the 23 States. Thus, electricity was virtually non-existent throughout the country. According to residents of the capital, this is the longest in their memory power outage in the city.
According to the National electric company, the cause of the incident was the sabotage of the Simon Bolivar hydroelectric power plant in the state of Bolivar, the largest in the country. Maduro blamed the incident on “American imperialism”. The state Department denied the charges.
On Friday evening, the electricity situation began to improve, but again worsened on Saturday afternoon after reports of an explosion at an electrical substation located on the outskirts of the capital of the South-Eastern state of Bolívar, Ciudad – Bolívar. Due to the lack of light, the Venezuelan government declared Monday, March 11, a non-working day. On Sunday evening, electricity began to gradually return to Caracas: a significant part of the street lighting system is working, the Windows of some houses have lit up.